Abstract

The traveling thermal lens technique is a new all-optical method for probing concentration and velocity patterns in flowing media. A thermal lens created by absorption of a short laser pulse moves with the flow and can be probed by a cw laser beam further downstream as a deflection signal. This technique permits optical measurements of the flow-velocity component perpendicular to the probe laser at high spatial resolution. Its application requires no seeding with particulates, as is needed in most other optical techniques.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

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